Tayside and Central Scotland

Jobs at risk as drinks merchant closes Kinross-shire depot

Inverarity Morton
Image caption The company said closing its Milnathort depot was "the most feasible option"

Almost 30 jobs are at risk after a wine and spirit merchant announced it is closing its Milnathort depot.

Inverarity Morton (IM) said "tough trading conditions" and "spiralling maintenance costs" were to blame for the decision.

The Kinross-shire depot came with the acquisition of Forth Wines in 2013 and over £500,000 is now needed to upgrade the site.

The firm is to begin a consultation process with affected staff.

It said measures, including relocation packages, for the 29 employees in telesales, administration, warehousing and marketing would be considered.

The closure will be phased between March and May and the 75,000 sq ft site will be put up for sale.

'Most feasible solution'

Managing director Stephen Russell said: "A lot of businesses are counting the cost of the aftermath of the new drink drive legislation in Scotland and continued slow economic recovery.

"Moving our entire business under one roof made complete commercial sense and will allow us to operate far more effectively and efficiently."

The company, which employs over 200 people, moved its headquarters to Glasgow last year following a £3m refurbishment.

Mr Russell said closing the Milnathort depot was "the most feasible solution".

He said: "At the time of the acquisition, having a second depot was invaluable, because we were bursting at the seams in our old HQ.

"Now that we have moved, we are more than able to absorb the entire Milnathort operation within our existing infrastructure, so our customers will see little or no difference to the way their accounts are managed."

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